Superhero of the Year
‘This award recognises an individual who has gone significantly above and beyond the call of duty in the last year. The Superhero award is reserved for a team member who has shown incredible commitment to Diversity Travel and/or our clients with a particular action beyond what would normally be expected.’
With 13 nominees, this category was another popular category, and the award could not have gone to a more worthy winner. Allie Coker is Assistant Team Manager for Team Elm (our rail team). Allie always has time for every one of her colleagues and friends and really adds a lot to the team here at Diversity Travel. We wanted to catch up with Allie and hear all about her first ever Diversity Travel Staff Award…
What went through your mind when your name was announced as the winner?
I was in complete shock! My colleagues were all cheering and clapping – it was a great moment.
How long have you been working at Diversity Travel?
It will be two years in May.
What does your job entail?
I have recently been promoted to the Assistant Team Manager for the Elm (Rail) Team. Our team is responsible for organising any train journeys for clients needing to travel for any conferences and meetings (both domestically and internationally). We also arrange hotels, ferries, car parking… basically everything apart from flights.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I really enjoy the interaction with our customers. You never know who you are going to answer the phone to! I always try to find something in common with the customer as it makes the phone call a little more personalised and enjoyable for them. I have talked about everything from football to the circus! I find that it makes myself and the company more memorable and I really enjoy getting to know our valued clients. I have a great memory for detail, such as who has grandchildren and who lives where, so I always enjoy catching up with our clients and hearing their latest updates.
What did winning the award mean to you?
I was blown away to be nominated! But to win was something completely unexpected. I really love my job and this shows that others can see it too.
Most importantly, when are you going to use your prize vouchers?! Where will you go? And what will you do on your trip?
My best mate of over ten years is just finishing her PHD so I am taking her to South Africa to celebrate both my award and her smashing her doctorate. So in November we are looking to start in Cape Town and end Johannesburg and have an adventure getting there!
And finally, as you’re the Diversity Travel Superhero of the Year, if you could have one super power for the day, what would it be?
The ability to freeze time just like Bernard’s watch (if anyone gets that reference!) I would probably use it to take a lot of naps! 😉
Here’s what our Managing Director Chris Airey had to say,
There were 5 categories for individuals at the Diversity Travel Staff Awards, each with a very deserving winner!
You can check out our other award winner profiles below:
Sarah Hobbs won the Newcomer of the Year award
Lee Streetly won the Outstanding Achiever of the Year award
Mahmoud Salah won the Innovation of the Year award
Jo Lawes won the Service Excellence of the Year award
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